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Turmeric drug could help stroke sufferers

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 11:31 -- martinn

A drug found in the spice turmeric could be used to help stroke sufferers after scientists found that it helps protect and regenerate brain cells.

Though it has yet to be tested on humans, the molecule, which comes from curcumin, the chemical in the spice, has been shown in laboratory experiments to repair damage and is linked to the survival of the brain cells neurons.

Turmeric is already thought to have many health benefits and curcumin has been used for many years to treat a number of gastrointestinal conditions. It is also believed to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Ring 111 to see your GP

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 11:22 -- martinn

NHS Direct is going ahead with plans to handle GP bookings with a first trial to take place later this year.

It has emerged that the body has been negotiating with nine different GP consortiums with a view to organising appointments for family practices and out-of-hours services, using the 111 number. The first trial will take place in Surrey and, if successful, NHS Direct plans to offer the service nationwide.

Nurses voice frustrations in new poll

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 11:46 -- martinn

A survey of almost 2,000 nurses has revealed widespread concern over staffing levels and patient care.

The survey, commissioned by the Royal College of Nursing, questioned 1,900 nurses and found that 80% of respondents believed that there were not enough staff to provide adequate care for patients, while it was increasingly felt that the profession was coming under greater pressure due to spending cuts with the outcome being unbalanced staffing levels.

Complaints mount against Implanon

Mon, 01/10/2011 - 16:17 -- martinn

The NHS has received over 1,500 complaints about contraceptive device Implanon with over 500 reporting becoming pregnant in spite of having it fitted.

The device, which is a plastic implant injected under the skin which releases hormones into the bloodstream, has been the subject of 1,607 complaints including scarring, with many of the complaints made by medical professionals themselves who have said that the implant is difficult to insert and cannot be checked afterwards.

Concern over poor take-up of diabetes training

Tue, 12/21/2010 - 16:14 -- martinn

The National Patient Safety Agency, which has introduced training for doctors and nurses on administering diabetes, is disappointed that only 13,000 have so far completed the course.

So far 21,000 have volunteered for the course, led by the NPSA and NHS Diabetes, and the fact that 8,000 have not completed it has heightened concerns that patients are at risk of being given the wrong doses of insulin. Official NHS figures reveal that there have been at least 3,931 serious incidents involving insulin since 2001 though the actual figure may be much higher.

Concern over poor take-up of diabetes training

Tue, 12/21/2010 - 16:14 -- martinn

The National Patient Safety Agency, which has introduced training for doctors and nurses on administering diabetes, is disappointed that only 13,000 have so far completed the course.

So far 21,000 have volunteered for the course, led by the NPSA and NHS Diabetes, and the fact that 8,000 have not completed it has heightened concerns that patients are at risk of being given the wrong doses of insulin. Official NHS figures reveal that there have been at least 3,931 serious incidents involving insulin since 2001 though the actual figure may be much higher.

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